Located in Olathe, Kansas, just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, MidAmerica Nazarene University is a Christian university that nurtures a Christlike community, pursues academic excellence and cultivates a passion to serve.
Being a student at MNU means you’ll encounter more than just academic growth and career preparation. We see real transformation through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission.
In the Teacher Education Department, we focus on helping teacher candidates develop spiritually and apply their knowledge through apprentice relationships and data-driven learning. You'll get a comprehensive education at MNU with high school bridge programs, traditional undergraduate programs, masters programs, as well as certificate and continuing education options.
MNU opened my eyes to other perspectives that helped me develop a balanced outlook. They have taken my family’s good values, and built on them further and challenged me to be a better a person in all facets of my life. MNU is a university where all types of people flourish.
- 24 monthsProgram DurationProgram duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
- HybridProgram FormatCombination of in-person and online courses.
- Rolling DeadlineApplication Deadline
MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Program prepares you to teach diverse students with care and concern for each child. We understand that to be a teacher is a calling and our innovative enhanced approach prepares you to meet kids where they are and where they will be going.
International student teaching, networking through Educators Rising, our Clinical Mentoring Team, and dynamic field experiences prior to student teaching are just some of the opportunities you’ll enjoy.
We intentionally integrate faith into the classroom. We believe faith is an important part of an education program that prepares graduates to impact young lives and our country's future.
There’s something different about MNU teachers. We invite you to see why!
- ALEX BURRUS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Alex Burrus graduated from MidAmerica in 1972. During his career as a junior high school teacher he was twice recognized as an outstanding educator. Following his death in 1983, Mr. Burrus's family gave the university a gift to endow a memorial scholarship in his name. This scholarship is awarded each year in honor of Mr. Burrus to a committed pre-service teacher who demonstrates need and academic scholarship. (Senior/Minimum 3.5 GPA)
- ROBBIE JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Robbie Jones was a popular MidAmerica athlete and scholar whose life was taken in an automobile accident the summer following his sophomore year. To honor his life and memory, the Jones family established a memorial scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding athlete/scholar who is planning a career in education. (This scholarship is available to juniors and seniors preparing to teach students in disadvantaged situations or in a mission setting. Minimum 2.5 GPA).
- KANAAE SCHOLARSHIP: The awarding of the Kansas Association of American Educators Scholarship is based on leadership, scholarship, character, service to others and participation in the campus community. The Kansas Association of American Educators & the Association of American Educators fund this scholarship in order to provide MNU teacher candidates an alternative to teacher unions for their professional development and liability insurance. (Minimum 3.0 GPA/Educational Activities and special honors are taken into consideration. Teacher Candidate must hold current student membership in the teacher’s association – KANAAE. Please include proof of current membership in your application.) Note: KANAAE members should also be aware of their eligibility to apply for further scholarship opportunities directly from the association. See www.kanaae.org
- KNEA SCHOLARSHIP: The awarding of the Kansas National Education Association Scholarship is based on leadership, scholarship, service to others, and participation in the campus community. (The teacher candidate must be a senior campus leader with current student membership in the teacher’s union, KNEA. Please include proof of current membership in your application.)
- RAMQUIST SCHOLARSHIP: The Ramquist Scholarship is a family endowed education scholarship to honor Al and Grace Ramquist. The Ramquist education scholarship is presented to a pre-service teacher who possesses leadership ability and financial need.
- ARLENE and JIM SMITH SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is to be awarded to a student planning a career in education.
- AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP: This award is given to an African American student who plans to go into a profession that will afford the opportunity of encouraging other African Americans to pursue a college education.
- THERESA SAYLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: This award is given to an outstanding member of the Pi Lambda Theta honor society in honor of Teri Sayler, an alumna of the Gamma Chi chapter of PLT and graduate of the Masters of Educational Technology program at MNU. Candidates must be a Gamma Chi member and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Note: GAMMA CHI members should also be aware of their eligibility to apply for further scholarship opportunities directly from the association. See www.pilambda.org.
- TERESA L. (TERRI) COULTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: This award is given to a junior or senior elementary education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This candidate must exemplify spiritual leadership, integrity, character and work ethic consistent with the mission of MNU. Terri Coulter was a part of the very first Pioneer class of students enrolling at MidAmerica Nazarene College. She majored in elementary education and went on to a 31-year career as an elementary education teacher.
- FISHER-BROWN SCHOLARSHIP: This award is given to a junior or senior education major on behalf of Dorothy Fisher and her nephew Harold Brown, and his wife, Betty Brown.
- EDWIN AND SHIRLEY ALEXANDER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP: This award is given to an education major who has been accepted into the MNU Teacher Education Program, shows demonstrated financial need and preferably married. If no married candidates qualify for this scholarship then single students of the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene will be considered. (Education major accepted into the program, married or KC District church member)
- The Elvin and Verla Powers Teacher Education Scholarship: This scholarship is granted to an outstanding teacher education major with junior academic standing selected by the full-time undergraduate teacher education faculty.
- School of Education Minority Scholarship: This award is given to an African American student who plans to go into a profession that will afford the opportunity of encouraging other African Americans to pursue a college education.
Through our Pioneer Pledge program, we offer loan repayment assistance if your income after graduation from MNU is under $43,000.
The maximum federal work study award is $1,500 for eligible students. Funding is limited.
Elementary Education Unified (K-6)
English Language Arts (6-12)
History, Government, and Social Studies (6-12)
Physical Education (Pre-K-12)
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Year 1
Students enroll in a seminar course their first semester at MNU. The course explores careers in education. Students also meet with their personal advisor and receive assistance in developing a four-year plan.
Note: Upon acceptance, there is a $200 deposit assessed and applied to the candidate’s tuition upon enrollment.
- Year 2
Students take Introduction to Teaching. The course provides an overview of program expectations and walks them through the process of applying to a program. Upon acceptance into the education program, students (now teacher candidates) begin clinical experiences.
- Year 3
Students enter the teacher education program, begin upper-division education coursework and start field experiences in schools.
- Year 4
For the final year, students complete course and clinical work and apply to student teach.
- Hands-On Experience
- Opportunity to enroll in Masters Bridge Courses (ESOL & Special Education) or Areas of Emphasis (Computer Science, Business, Graphic Design, etc.)
- Yearly service learning projects
- Junior Achievement Involvement
- Complimentary Career Fair
- Costa Rica Student Teaching Opportunity
- TeachLive Avator Simulation to support candidates in acquiring essential classroom management skills.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
The MNU Teacher Education program prepares you to teach diverse students with care and concern for each child. You will understand and recognize differences in students who represent diversity (ethnic, racial, religious, sex, language, and exceptionalities), understand culturally responsive teaching, and appropriate services and resources necessary to meet diverse learning needs.
Ultimately you will know how to provide a caring learning environment that is culturally sensitive and recognizes diversity and develops empathy.
- Mentoring & Coaching
Candidates work 1-on-1 with an education advisor. Secondary candidates also have a content advisor to support them in acquiring content knowledge needed to teach secondary level courses and pass content exams.
MNU partners with area school districts to recruit, mentor and prepare men of color for college and teaching through its FORCE (Forging Opportunities and Recruiting for Careers in Education) program. A yearly FORCE Draft Day pairs employers with MNU’s FORCE program participants.
- Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence
Candidates are in clinical experiences in a myriad of diverse placements from program entrance to exit. Educator’s Rising is a national professional organization providing leadership opportunities to MNU candidates.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races